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The Contender -- Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- Mary Boyd Click -- Passion Sunday - A
Violence has fragmented our world again this week. It seems almost pandemic.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Jennifer Freyd introduced the term... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Jennifer Freyd introduced the term, "Betrayal Trauma Theory," which allows doctors to predict the ps
The servant of the Lord... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
The servant of the Lord, boosted with the firm knowledge that God helps him, set his face like a fli
The Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
The Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa left us a powerful image of dealing with pain when he said that we
The young American man was... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
The young American man was traveling around Europe by himself for a couple of weeks.
Rex Reed has a disease... -- Isaiah 50:4-9a -- Passion Sunday - A
Rex Reed has a disease that is slowly causing his body to shut down.
Some years ago, Art Modell... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Some years ago, Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.
It has been said that... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
It has been said that one who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imita
Cole Porter's songs often describe... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
Cole Porter's songs often describe a turnaround in the affairs of the heart.
When Jesus is Lord, no... -- Philippians 2:5-11 -- Passion Sunday - A
When Jesus is Lord, no one will dare behave badly in his presence.
We think that because we... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
We think that because we have cars and telephones that we are so advanced.
The year 2004 had some... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
The year 2004 had some very high profile court cases that seemed to monopolize the headlines for day
Convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon... -- Matthew 26:14-27:66 -- Passion Sunday - A
Convicted Watergate conspirator G.

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The Immediate Word

Passion Sunday - A
Dean Feldmeyer
Mary Austin
Ron Love
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed
Bethany Peerbolte
Kentina Washington-Leapheart
For April 5, 2020:
  • Sacrifice or Inconvenience? by Dean Feldmeyer — Even without the bloody mess of atonement theology,  Jesus’ sacrifice is clear. But for us the distinction between “sacrifice” and “inconvenience” may not be so clear.

Emphasis Preaching Journal

Passion Sunday - A
Mark Ellingsen
God’s love shines through the cross and changes us.

Isaiah 50:4-9a
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Ron Love
Bill Thomas
Mark Ellingsen
Bonnie Bates
Frank Ramirez
M Adryael Tong
Psalm 31:9-16

StoryShare

Passion Sunday - A
Peter Andrew Smith
Peter forced himself to take another deep breath and sit back in his chair. He kept his breathing steady and felt himself start to calm down. There was a knock at his office door and his heart began to race. “Come in.”

Rose opened the door. “Have you got a moment?”

“What can I do for you?”

“I have a hard copy of the report that you asked for.” Rose handed him a stack of papers.

“Thanks.” Peter placed them on the desk. “Was there something else?”

Rose considered him for a moment. “Can I talk about something that’s troubling me?”

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Passion Sunday - A
Bethany Peerbolte
In this age of social media, the biggest thrill is getting a follower. A follower means someone likes the pictures or content you create so much they want to see everything you post. If getting a follower is the best thing that can happen, then when someone unfollows you it is devastating. For Jesus, the week of the Passion is a downhill spiral of people unfollowing him. First Judas, then the crowds, then his friends, one by one they all “click” unfollow on Jesus’s account.

SermonStudio

Passion Sunday - A
Marian R. Plant
David G. Plant
If we take away nothing new from the Passion story this year let us take away this: through it we can learn to walk in the dark and remember that the dark is as day to God.

Barbara Brown Taylor titled her 2014 book
Passion Sunday - A
Thomas A. Pilgrim
Some of you experienced the victory of World War II. Others of us have at least seen on television old newsreel footage of the celebration of victory in Europe. Then came victory over Japan and other victory parades. There were no such celebrations after the wars in Korea and Vietnam. But after the Allied victory in the Persian Gulf we attempted to make up for all of that with tremendous celebrations and victory parades. The attention of the entire nation was fixed on General Norman Schwarzkopf, who was the man of the hour.

The Village Shepherd

Passion Sunday - A
Janice B. Scott
Call to Worship:
When Jesus died, the centurion who crucified him said, "Truly this man was God's Son!" Let us worship God's Son in all our activities today.


Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, forgive us when we fail to recognise you in other people.
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, forgive us when we let ourselves down.
Christ, have mercy.
Jesus, forgive us for all those occasions when we crucify you afresh.
Lord, have mercy.

Reading:
Matthew 27:11-54 (NRSV)

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